A Way to Practice Gratitude

Green bean casserole, football, stretchy pants, and discount holiday shopping.  Thanksgiving day can bring up a certain mix of modern Americana imagery.  Do you know what thanksgiving means? I actually had to look up the definition of the word, “thanksgiving”.

Here it is:

thanks·giv·ing
/ˌTHaNGksˈɡiviNG/
noun
the expression of gratitude, especially to God.
“he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival”
2.
(in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.

 

The expression of gratitude. I like that.

The practice of mindful gratitude is something I am pretty passionate about.  It’s a key factor in my natural depression and anxiety healing.  But on this most high day of thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

No matter where you are in life right now.  Whether you feel like you’re experiencing the lowest of the lows, or if you’re smooth sailing in the fast lane.  I encourage to take a moment and hit PAUSE. Yep, right now. Take a deep breath and dig down to create a list of 5 things you are grateful for.  This list could comprise of an object, an experience, or a person.  Write them down… in your phone or on a notepad, and stare at it.

Gratitude lists don’t have to be grand.  Your list could literally be:

Clean underwear, food to make lunch, soft blanket, sunshine and __ show is on TV.

There is a magic to writing down, looking at, and truly taking a moment to feel the warmth of gratitude.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

These regular exercises in gratitude will go a long way in your overall life experience. That I can guarantee.

On my gratitude list today? Go Get It LIFE.  I’m so very grateful for this little corner of my world where I can come to connect with you. We are all on this journey together.  We are more alike than we are different.

I wish you all a beautiful and warm week, full of all the things that make your heart smile.

Happy Thanksgiving!

hugs,

Meghan

 

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